Perdue AgriBusiness joins worldwide effort to promote sustainable palm oil
Salisbury, Md. (January 23, 2012) — Perdue AgriBusiness, through its Perdue Grain & Oilseed subsidiary, has joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in promoting the growth and use of sustainable palm oil. The RSPO is a not-for-profit international organization that unites stakeholders to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.
“As a refiner of edible oils, Perdue Grain & Oilseed is in a unique position to promote sustainable palm oil with our suppliers and our customers,” said John Cassidy, Vice President, Perdue Grain & Oilseed. “As with our fellow RSPO members, we recognize that production and use of palm oil must be done in a manner that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.”
Perdue Grain & Oilseed recently expanded its refining capabilities beyond soybean oil. “The expansion into palm and other oils gave us the opportunity to better meet the needs of a wider range of edible-oil customers, but also created the responsibility to promote the sourcing and use of sustainable palm oil,” said Cassidy. While sister-company Perdue Farms does not use palm oil in its food products, Perdue Grain & Oilseed refines palm and other vegetable oils for other customers in food production.
“While there is great awareness of the environmental, economic and cultural pressures created by the world’s demand for palm oil, the current supply of certified sustainable palm is very small. We are committed to working with our suppliers to increase the availability of sustainable palm oil, and promoting that to our customers.
“Perdue Grain & Oilseed is also working with the RSPO to certify our supply chain so that our customers can be confident that we are working toward the increased use of sustainable palm oil,” said Cassidy.
“Membership in the RSPO and active promotion of sustainable palm oil among our suppliers and customers fits perfectly with the way we strive to do business,” said Steve Schwalb, Vice President of Environmental Stewardship. “The Perdue Family of Companies believes in responsible food and agriculture, and this is one of many steps we’re taking to demonstrate that belief.”
About Perdue AgriBusiness
Perdue AgriBusiness ranks among the top U.S. grain companies and is committed to helping its customers prosper with flexible, forward-thinking solutions for agriculturally based products from a uniquely trusted name. Perdue AgriBusiness merchandises grain and oilseeds, processes soybeans, operates protein conversion and blending plants, trades a wide variety of agricultural commodities and refines edible oils. Perdue AgriBusiness is also a direct exporter of U.S. agricultural commodities through the company’s deepwater port in Chesapeake, Va. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Perdue AgriBusiness ventures touch such diverse opportunities as bio-energy, organic fertilizers and specialty livestock feeds. At Perdue AgriBusiness, we believe in responsible food and agriculture™.